If you were born with that “swan foot”, a term coined for Anna Pavlova’s arched and delicate feet; then you are considered fortunate. But like everything else in life there is always a down side. You have weak feet. Don’t be discouraged though- you can strengthen your ballet feet every day for the rest of your dancing days. 🙂
If you have “peasant feet”, then your feet may be strong and you can “toe hop” around the stage. However, they may not possess the gorgeous line of a high arch. Don’t be discouraged though~ you can stretch your feet and “develop” that arch for the rest of your dancing days! 🙂
Note the last line of the former two paragraphs. I say this to my students all the time. Someone has something that they are born with but there is always a downside to it and vice versa. Thus, we sort of end up equal.
You know what is not equal?~ drive. Well that is another topic for another day!
I found this video on the Adult Ballerina Facebook and am absolutely inspired by Lauren Cuthberston! The beginning starts with her story of a devastating injury, but it is the articulation of her feet that is fascinating beautiful.
Please note how she uses her feet in coup de pied and places them a terre or in sous-sus. You should recognize the use of toe swapping and “fanning” the toes in her perfect placement.
Want to get your swan feet or peasant foot to look more like Ms. Cuthbertson’s feet? consider adding my foot exercises to your daily ballet goals. Using the different balls mentioned throughout my site is a tremendous help as well. Feet need to be pampered!
Stay tuned for more forthcoming posts where I will show all my foot exercises with balls + toe swapping. The easiest way to stay in touch is to
List of ballet conditioning balls that I recommend and use.
The balls shown below are recommended by me for several ballet exercises in my posts on ballet conditioning: Tools for Ballet Conditioning
Large soft purple ball in upper left: Large 9″ purple soft ball
Medium and softest spiky ball in yellow: Yellow soft ball
Green medium Eric Franklin ball: Newer version of green Franklin ball
Purple peanut (double spiky) ball: Peanut
Small hard green spiky ball: Rubz spiky small green ball
Pink rubber “Pinky” ball is a toy and I bought at a toy store but many people use it for conditioning: Pinky ball
I left this ball out of the photo because I don’t use it much. Some people love lacrosse balls, but I find them too firm for my body. I do keep one by my bed to roll on my feet when I first wake up though! Mine is blue and I will show it in other posts: Lacrosse ball
Lastly, I love the giant ball which was too big to fit in my shot! That is great for all areas of the body for strength and balance. Find it on this page & order according to your height: Large exercise ball
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